First female Doctor announced

July 16 2017, 4.43pmUpdated: July 17 2017, 8.11am
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Jodie Whittaker

Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker has been unveiled as the 13th version of the Doctor in the popular BBC sci-fi programme Doctor Who – the first woman to take on the role.

Ms Whittaker will take over in the role of the time-travelling adventurer from outgoing Scottish actor Peter Capaldi.

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The Huddersfield born actress – who has had roles in films including One Day, St Trinian’s and cult sci-fi favourite Attack the Block – was revealed as the new Doctor during an advert broadcast after the Wimbledon men’s tennis final.

The 35-year-old said having the chance to take on the iconic role was “incredible”.

“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet,” she said.

“It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves and not be boxed in by what you can and can’t be.”


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